Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Payola and the press
By  • 9 May 2019
It’s sometimes called “brown envelope” journalism. This is the practice of journalists taking money or gifts from companies, politicians, or even international charities to give them favorable coverage. Today it’s particularly a problem in developing…
Project Exile: Threatened in Mexico, Facing Deportation in U.S.
By  • 12 April 2019
Mexican soldiers sent a reporter a warning. Now the U.S. wants to send him back. On a sunny day in June 2008 in the small city of Ascensión in northern Mexico, journalist Emilio Gutiérrez got…
Project Exile: Corruption report sends Maldives' journalist into flight
By  • 9 January 2018
"If I were to go back and continue doing the same job, it’s just a matter of time before I’m picked up again." For many tourists, the Maldives is a resort destination with straw-thatched luxury…
South Africa anti-corruption activist sees decline of ANC
By  • 17 November 2017
"It's not with pleasure that we view the decline and fragmentation of the ANC." David Lewis came of age under apartheid as an organizer and later a leader of one of South Africa's largest trade unions…
Brazil engulfed by corruption probes
By  • 20 July 2017
If you think the investigation into possible collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign has been a blow to the U.S. political system, consider Brazil.  There, President Michel Temer and every single living ex-president have…
Venezuela's other crisis: drug trafficking
By  • 4 May 2017
Venezuela may be mired in political and economic crisis. But governance in the country is also undermined by the involvement of senior government officials in the drug trade. Among those sanctioned or facing criminal charges…
Kenya losing battle with corruption
By  • 13 April 2017
Kenya has long been one of the richest and most developed countries in Africa. The capital Nairobi is a hub for businesses all over the continent, and its game parks and beaches are a magnet…
Project Exile: Corruption coverage causes Mexican reporter's flight
By  • 8 April 2016
"Never did I imagine that all the darkness in my life would transform into light." Héctor Salazar had worked in various Mexican government communications jobs for years before he decided to follow his heart into…
China's new challenges
By  • 4 February 2016
For more than two decades, China has moved from strength to strength. Its economic miracle has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and dramatically increased the nation's global influence.  But recently China…
Project Exile: Fleeing Uganda after corruption reporting
By  • 16 December 2015
"They raided the office, got our staff, questioned them, beat up some of them. People ran for their lives." In late 2008 Ugandan politics were convulsed by a corruption scandal involving two of President Yoweri…
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